Ohio Senate panel starts its hearings on state budget as House gets ready to wrap up its work

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The state's budget director says he had hoped the Ohio House would have seized on more dramatic tax changes in its version of the two-year state budget as he continues to review representatives' revisions.

Majority House Republicans stripped major elements of Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) tax proposal from the budget bill — including tax increases on certain business, cigarettes, and oil and gas drilling used to help fund an income tax cut.

An Ohio House committee approved the roughly $71.5 billion, two-year budget plan Monday. The full House is expected to vote Wednesday.

Asked about the House changes, budget director Tim Keen told a Senate panel Tuesday that he hopes senators will consider the tax reform measures Kasich has proposed.

The Senate Finance Committee has started reviewing Kasich's spending blueprint.

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